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A Perfect Fit
Warner Bros. // R // June 6, 2006
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Review by Lacey Worrell | posted July 24, 2006 | E-mail the Author
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The Movie:
A Perfect Fit is a psychological drama that centers on a young man named John who has a great deal of difficulty discerning between his disturbing dreams and reality. He is haunted by dreams of being taken from his mother as a toddler, and he relays this to his psychoanalyst, Dr. Wiess. She helps John to the point where he is ready to pursue a relationship with a beautiful young woman, Sarah, who teaches ballet and is in every way the girl next door. After frequently lamenting about her love life to her friends, she is thrilled to meet a great-looking, wonderful guy like John. He comes on strong: seeing her night after night, sending her roses, taking her to the ballet, bringing her breakfast in bed. He is every girl's dream.

After this whirlwind courtship, however, the romance begins to sour as John begins to lose touch with reality once again. The first sign of trouble comes when he is reluctant to consummate the relationship. He is cagey about his background. Then his phone calls come with less frequency. Then Sarah discovers she is pregnant, and the difficulties really begin. John's initially loving behaviors become controlling, as he becomes increasingly possessive of Sarah's life. John thinks nothing of stripping off his clothes and jumping into his new in-laws' outdoor pool in the middle of autumn, making a less than stellar impression on her parents. He is insanely, irrationally jealous of her gay male friend. John's odd behavior devolves into paranoid delusions that threaten all around him.

The most interesting theme from a female perspective is the growing confusion in Sarah. Every single girl has at least once met a guy she initially falls for, but whose troublesome behaviors seem insignificant when taken out of context. In their totality, however, they are something altogether more sinister, and for many girls, there is still the desire to stay, even though the little voice in their heads are telling them there is something seriously wrong. Given this, the scenes where Sarah begins to doubt the relationship are particularly effective, especially because Arcieri's facial expressions convey that perfect mix of confusion, exasperation, self-doubt, and ultimately, loathing. The film also gets major brownie points for portraying the fact that Sarah comes from an interracial background as a complete non-issue.

At only 81 minutes, the runtime of this movie is fairly short. The film is rather weakly acted save for the performances of Grenier and Arcieri. The beginning also has an air of seediness to it. Within the first fifteen minutes, both the male and female anatomy are discussed rather crudely, and the first shot of John's brilliant therapy is of her very beautiful legs. John's friend and co-worker makes thinly veiled sexual jokes better suited to a Kevin Smith film. Like many other films before it, A Perfect Fit gets the therapy scenes all wrong as well, featuring John reclining on a couch, a practice that is no longer common in modern-day psychoanalytic treatment. All in all, however, A Perfect Fit worth sticking with because it is one of the very few films that overcomes a rather weak beginning to create a rather absorbing experience.

The DVD

Video:
The picture quality is quite good. Presented in 16:9 anamorphic widescreen, the muted fall colors are an effective fit for the subtle themes of the film. The picture quality, especially during the outdoor scenes, truly enhances the overall experience.

Sound:
The sound quality, presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo, is good but not great. The lack of any score or soundtrack takes away from the overall viewing experience. Because this is a psychological drama, there are no major sound effects, but the sound quality neither adds to nor detracts from, the film.

Extras:
There is one featurette featuring cutie pie writer/director Ron Brown, who recaps the plot and discusses casting, filming, and the challenges of working with a small budget. Although Brown is very personable and enthusiastic, the featurette doesn't exactly reveal anything new or interesting. Skip it.

Final Thoughts:
A Perfect Fit is an imperfect film, with a weak beginning and end, but a great middle. Fans of television's Entourage will enjoy seeing Adrian Grenier in an early role. Although A Perfect Fit is an enjoyable suspense film, it is not one that is an absolute must for a DVD collection. Definitely better as a rental before you decide to buy.

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